Mouse problem solved – I bought a wireless one from the Apple store yesterday. I wanted to avoid buying an Apple product to fix the problem that I had with my current Apple product, but after searching two stores for a mouse, I gave in. I wasn’t proud of my moment of weakness.

Last night, the lovely ladies from Canada threw a Halloween party and I don’t think I have ever been in such a diverse environment. I think every single person I have met that is on exchange here was at this party; Spain, Norway, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, the UK, Canada, and the states were all accounted for last night. I really like the fact that because English is the Australian language of choice, no matter where a person is from, it is the language they have to speak if they want to have a conversation. I mean with how some people get drunk, I don’t know how they manage to still be bilingual. I feel like I would just throw in the towel and start using hand signals. But I guess that’s why I’m not bilingual, even though Devin wants to learn German together because my roommate speaks it.  We’ll see how that goes.

After the party, I spent the night at Tegan’s house, and today she chauffeured me around Williamstown, which is a suburb of Melbourne. Long story short, I fell in love with the area. Sailboats, cafes, and classy architecture – it all was so neat. I’m surprised I didn’t crash my bike because I was looking all around except for in front of me. Not to mention the classic beach smell. I absolutely love the salty air smell because it instantly makes me think of North Carolina, which always puts me in a good mood. I told Tegan how when I’ve seen something here, I try and relate it back to something I know back home, so I wonder when I go home if I’ll be reminded of things back here. Anyway, this place totally made me see the suburb life in Melbourne in a new light. The areas I live and go to school in, Footscray and Maribrynong – try and see if you can pronounce that correctly on your first try – aren’t the prettiest. To be fair, they are trying to revamp everything, but it is a work in progress. With that said, I didn’t really think I could ever see myself living near a big city because I haven’t really liked it here in terms of location. But Tegan has it great because she is about a 25-30 minute drive into the city, the beach is a five-minute bike ride down her street, and there is also an incredible lake right in the middle of her neighborhood. The picture with this post is of the lake and if I’m being honest, I had to Google-image it because I didn’t have my camera. But the good news is I’m forcing Tegan to take me back before I leave so I’ll make sure to get plenty of legitimate pictures. 


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